26 March 2013, Davao City, Philippines. SM Hotels and Conventions Corporation (SMHCC), a subsidiary of SM Investments Corporation, announced that it has opened Park Inn by Radisson Davao, the first “next generation” mid-scale Park Inn by Radisson hotel brand to be established in Asia Pacific.
The grand launch of Park Inn on March 22, 2013 was graced by no less than Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group (Asia Pacific) President Simon Barlow and Executive Vice President for Revenue Generation Lucinda Semark, Department of Tourism Regional Director Art Boncato, Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre, City Investment and Tourism officer Jason Magnaye, and other local VIP’s.
Guests came in shades of red, blue, green, and yellow ---- colors that are identified with the Park Inn by Radisson brand. They were welcomed by colorful men on stilts, tribal dancers, jugglers and living statues in colored suits. Aside from the ribbon cutting ceremony and speech by Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, one of the main highlights of the evening was the formal introduction of Georgina Wilson as the official endorser of Park Inn by Radisson Davao. Guest musical artist Christian Bautista sang a mash up version of “Colors Everywhere,” which was fitting for the night’s theme, Adding Color to Life. Buffet stations at RBG (Restaurant, Bar & Grill), the hotel’s spacious dining outlet, showcased hearty dishes, local favorites, grilled meats and seafood. Right in the middle of dinner, the ladies of RBG sang a medley in flash-mob style, which was then awarded with loud applause from the audience.
The 204-room Park Inn by Radisson Davao is the second in the Philippines managed by one of the world’s largest hotel chains, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, after Radisson Blu in Cebu.
The hotel is also conveniently situated beside the SM Lanang Premier Mall and the SMX Convention Center in Davao. Contemporary rooms and suites offer beautiful landscape views of the islands and highlands in Davao City, and the hotel's free high-speed Internet keeps guests connected. The hotel adheres to its Adding Color to Life service philosophy which is designed to ensure a fun, comfortable and uncomplicated stay.
The hotel also features a spacious lobby lounge which is a venue for socializing and relaxation. The hotel also showcases local flavors through RBG which offers locally-inspired specialties and classic dishes. The hotel also offers amenities such as meeting rooms, a swimming pool, a pool bar and lounge and a fitness center.
Ms. Elizabeth T. Sy, President of Hotels and Conventions Corporation said, “We are excited with this opening of Park Inn by Radisson in Davao as we bring to the market a world-class hotel brand with a very contemporary and vibrant look and feel. We are confident that Park Inn by Radisson will deliver a great hotel experience that will continue to thrive on the upbeat outlook on the Philippine economy and tourism.”
Park Inn by Radisson is Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s bright, bold and fresh full-service mid-market global brand with 126 hotels throughout the world and 53 hotels under development, as of March 2012.
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups. The portfolio of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group includes more than 1,300 hotels, a global footprint spanning 81 countries and territories, a powerful set of global brands (Radisson Blu, Radisson®, Park Plaza®, Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM and Hotel Missoni).
Aside from Park Inn by Radisson, the other highly successful hotels in SMHCC’s portfolio are Radisson Blu in Cebu, Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay, and Pico Sands at Hamilo’s Pico de Loro Resort in Nasugbu, Batangas. Recently, SMHCC also signed a management agreement with Hilton Worldwide for the latter to manage the Conrad Manila hotel at the Mall of Asia complex which is scheduled to open in mid-2015.
SMHCC is the leading conventions operator in the country through SMX Convention Center which now has two outlets at the Mall of Asia Complex and Davao, and its Megatrade Halls in SM Megamall and SM City Cebu.
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013